The club have announced that tickets for
the home game against Wrexham on Saturday 19 April
(kick-off 12.00) will go on sale following the match
against Hyde on Saturday.
Tickets are limited to two per person and a residency
proof of ID must be shown at the time of purchase.
Season Ticket holders do not need to purchase an
extra ticket for the game but just present the relevant
voucher from their season ticket book on the day
of the match. After Saturday’s ticket sales,
the club will be open for the purchase of tickets
from 10.00 on Monday 7 April until 16.00hrs. Further
opening dates will be announced after that when
an idea or numbers of remaining tickets are known.
No tickets will be sold after Thursday 17th April.
The club have put aside 50 tickets for the forthcoming
Wrexham game for CFU Exiles members. If you are
a CFU Exile (ie you are a member of CFU and live
outside of a Chester or North Wales postcode area),
then contact the club about making a postal application
for a ticket.
They are allocating those Exiles tickets to members
on a first-come-first-served basis. For more details
ring the club on 01244 371376. You will need to
get your application off ASAP.
slumped to a 2-0 defeat at Welling United on Saturday
to increase their relegation worries. The home side
were reduced to ten men on the half hour but Chester
were unable to take advantage of their numerical
superiority and rarely threatened the Wings’
goal all game. None of the three new signings featured
though Luke Ashworth was named on the bench.
Vasilious Karagiannis opened the scoring on 58
minutes sending a 20-yarded past Aaron Chapman
into the bottom corner following a long goal-kick
and the game was wrapped up in the final minute
with Ross Lafayette scoring, again from a loan
clearance from the ‘keeper.
A disappointed Steve Burr told the Chester Leader:
“It was a great opportunity for us especially
after Welling had gone down to ten men, but we
never took the opportunity of making the advantage
“We seem to take a few steps forward and
then big steps backwards and I was very disappointed
with the way we performed. We are not in a good
position at the minute. We didn’t take advantage
of playing against 10 men and trying to win the
game, or even managing to do enough to win the
“I didn't name any of my three new signings
in the starting line-up at Welling because I thought
we did so well in Tuesday’s 2-0 home win against
Tamworth. But our performance at Welling makes me
think that maybe I shouldn’t have done that.”
after Welling match
© Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)
27 March 2014
TWO MORE NEW SIGNINGS
Following the emergency loan signing of
James Caton the Blues have also taken on two more
players. Former Newcastle United and Stoke City
35-year-old defender Andy Griffin has joined after
leaving Doncaster Rovers as a free agent and the
trio of signings on the day is completed with centre-back
Luke Ashworth joining from Hyde.
WINGER SIGNS FROM BLACKPOOL
Chester have signed 20-year-old Blackpool
winger James Caton on an emergency loan until the
end of the season.
SENIOR BLUES MEETING
Former goalkeeper Brian Lloyd with be the
sepcial guest at the next meeting of the Senior
Blues on Friday 4 April in the Blues Bar.
26 March 2014
DEFENDER PRIORITY FOR THURSDAY
Chester will be hoping to bring in a defender
before the loan transfer window closes on Thursday.
With Ross Killock Matty Brown and George Horan out
injured and Paul Linwood playing through the pain
of a shin injury picked up last week all efforts
will be made to strengthen the defence for the last
six games of the season.
The Blues boosted their chances of survival with
a 2-0 home win over fellow strugglers Tamworth last
night. A Ben Richards-Everton own goal just after
the hour mark set Chester on their way and the lead
was doubled four minutes later with substitute Danny
Carlton scoring his first goal for the club since
joining last week.
With Aldershot Town losing at home to play-off chasing
Gateshead, Chester’s victory moved them above
Southport and Hereford United to 18th place although
all the teams below Chester have at least one game
in hand over the Blues.
Chester travel for their first ever visit to Welling
United on Saturday, the Wings lost at home 2-0 to
Braintree Town last night in front of a crowd of
after Tamworth match
24 March 2014
BLUES RESISTANCE IS BROKEN
Chester were beaten 3-0 at league leaders
Luton Town on Saturday but the scoreline was a little
harsh on Chester. Steve Burr’s side, much
changed due to a mounting injury list, stoically
held out for 70 minutes before Matt Robinson broke
the deadlock with a left wing cross that looped
over goalkeeper Aaron Chapman and into the far corner.
Two further late goals from Andre Gray and Paul
Benson completed the rather flattering scoreline
for the Hatters who now sit 14 points clear at the
Chester were without Craig Mahon and Matty Brown
through injury and were dealt another blow when
striker Gareth Seddon was taken ill on the coach
down and missed the game. Nathan Turner, Michael
Kay, Joe Heath and Jamie Menagh all came into the
side while two teenagers Tom Peers and Liam Blake
started on the bench.
The Blues created chances of their own with both
Nathan Turner and Andy Bond pulling shots wide in
the opening period that also saw five Chester players
booked by referee Rob Whitton.
Burr said following the defeat: “Luton’s
first goal was a fluke which rocked us a little
bit, and then the two goals we conceded after that
were poor goals from our point of view.”
“We went to Luton with a game
plan and it was working very well, but it was
always going to be tough to get a result. The
longer the game went on I thought we had a chance
to get something from it because we were always
creating chances and that was a good sign.”
“But their first goal just summed up what
has been happening to us. Nobody could have believed
there was such a difference in Chester and Luton’s
league positions based on our first half performance.”
after Luton match | Match
19 March 2014
INJURIES TAKE THEIR TOLL ON BLUES
let slip a two goal lead against their nearest relegation
rivals Southport who equalised late in the 2-2 draw
art the Deva on Tuesday night. Steve Burr was forced
into two substitutions as both defenders Paul Linwood
and Matty Brown limped off. With Ross Killock and
George Horan both sidelined through injury the defence
is looking decidedly threadbare. Also picking up
an injury on Tuesday night was Craig Mahon, he suffered
a suspected broken collar bone after being tripped
and landing awkwardly on his shoulder, but x-rays
later in the evening revealed thankfully there was
no break or fracture. Ricky Bridge also ended the
game suffering from cramp.
Chester had taken the lead in the 34th minute as
new signing Craig Hobson scored from close range.
The Blues doubled their lead four minutes after
the break with a fantastic solo effort from Mahon.
Southport pulled a goal back through Karl Ledsham
nine minutes later and the same played missed a
controversial penalty after Aaron Chapman was adjudged
to have fouled Danny Hattersley right on the edge
of the box. Chapman went on to make a string of
fine saves to keep the Sandgrounders out but the
equaliser finally came in the 89th minute with Ledsham
scoring his second.
Manager Steve Burr said: “The injuries were
absolutely crucial. We’ve lost two centre
halves and I think full credit has to go to the
lads for the effort they have put in. We had to
reshape everything. Andy Bond and Jason Jarrett
were controlling the middle of the park. I thought
first half we were well in control but to lose Matty
Brown like we did meant we had to rearrange things.
We lost Ross Killock on Saturday and those are the
sort of things you need to go for you. We were out
on our feet in the last ten minutes without a shadow
of a doubt.”
Chester’s walking wounded travel to runaway
leaders Luton Town on Saturday, kick-off 15.00hrs.
after Southport match | More
© Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)
17 March 2014
BURR DISAPPOINTED BY DEFEAT
Manager Steve Burr was left disappointed
following Chester’s 1-0 home defeat to play-off
chasing Alfreton Town. The only goal of the game
came from a controversial penalty in the second
half but Burr believes his side didn't do enough
to claim the three points.
Burr said: “We want to win all the games and
I’m very disappointed we didn’t do enough
to win this game. When you think they are third
in the table they didn't offer too much, but they
had a bit more strength and more nouse to grind
the victory out. We had little spells but not enough
in the 90 minutes to earn the right to win the game.”
“I felt we put a couple of good balls into
the box and you’ve got to get on the end of
them. All round I felt they seemed a bit stronger
in the tackle and stronger when competing for balls.
I hate to say it but I thought they outmuscled us
a bit but that’s Alfreton.”
Defender Ross Killock was the latest Blues player
to pick up an injury having to be replaced by Craig
Hobson after tearing a hamstring on 20 minutes.
The on-loan Leeds United defender is expected to
be out for up to six weeks.
Chester are back in action on Tuesday night with
a crucial home game against Southport. The Sandgrounders
beat Macclesfield Town 4-1 on Saturday to move above
Chester as the scrap to avoid the drop to the Conference
North/South gets tighter with every match played.
after Alfreton match
END OF SEASON AWARDS NIGHT
Tickets are now on sale of the end of season
awards night on Saturday 3 May. The venue this year
will be the Crowne Plaza in Chester and tickets
are priced at £40.00. The evening will once
again be hosted by Colin Murray who will present
the Player of the Year, Players Player of the Year,
Golden Boot and Clubman of the Year awards. There
will also be a chance on the night to vote for the
Goal of the season award. The night includes a three
course meal, fundraising auction and raffle and
DJ on the night.
14 March 2014
BLUES SIGN HOBSON
Chester have signed former Guiseley forward
Graig Hobson. The 26-year-old player has previous
experience at Lincoln City and Stockport County.
12 March 2014
POOR DISPLAY FROM BLUES
were beaten 2-0 at fellow strugglers Aldershot Town
last night. A goal in each half from Brett Williams
did the damage as Chester failed to clear a corner
for the first and were caught on the break for the
second. The Blues offered nothing in a disjointed
first half failing to really test Alan Martin in
the Shots goal.
The opening goal came on 20 minutes as Adam Mekki
swung over a left wing corner that the Chester defence
failed to clear, the ball was knocked down to Williams
who smashed it home. The Shots had several other
chanced in double their lead but the Blues survived
to the break. The introduction of Jamie Menagh and
Brendon Daniels in the 59th minute did inject some
pace into the Chester attack and the Blues enjoyed
plenty of possession during that period. Menagh
saw a shot tipped round the post and John Rooney
also saw a long range effort deflected for a corner
and another effort from distance fly just wide.
Seven minutes from time Aldershot doubled their
advantage as Bradley Bubb’s right wing cross
bounced through the Chester rearguard to Williams
who converted from close range.
Steve Burr said following the defeat: “Maybe
those two long trips took something out of us because
I though we looked dead on our feet and it seemed
like there was nothing left in the tank. We have
got to refresh ourselves and rejuvenate ourselves
now for the next game. The disappointing thing at
Aldershot is that we made one change to the team
(Craig Lindfield for Matty Taylor) and we didn’t
perform so we’ll need to look at that.”
after Aldershot match | More
Picture © Rick Matthews (Chester Leader)
11 March 2014
BLUES APPOINT ASSISTANT MANAGER
Chester have appointed Carl Macauley as
assistant manager to Steve Burr. Macauley was the
manager of Vauxhall Motors who announced last week
that they would be stepping down from the Conference
North to the West Cheshire League at the end of
the season for financial reasons. Macauley had agreed
to stay on unless another job offer came along.
10 March 2014
On-loan striker Matty Taylor has been recalled
by parent club Forest Green Rovers. The forward
had been an instant hit with Blues fans scoring
six goals in seven appearances helping Chester to
climb out of the relegation zone in the process.
9 March 2014
SEDDON STRIKE BRINGS VICTORY
volley from Gareth Seddon six minutes after the
break was enough to give Chester three points from
the televised match against relegation rivals Dartford
on Friday night. Neither side troubled the ‘keeper’s
in an instantly forgettable opening 45 minutes.
Soon after the restart good work by Lewis Turner
down the right created a guilt-edged chance for
Seddon who headed over an open goal from four yards
out. Moments later Seddon picked up Andy Bond’s
through ball before turning and volleying home from
the edge of the box to the delight of the 150 Chester
fans behind the goal.
A great save from Aaron Chapman four minutes from
time denied substitute Lee Noble an equaliser as
his shot found its way through a mass of bodies
and was heading for the bottom corner before Chapman
turned it round the post.
The victory lofted Chester back above Southport
into 19th place. The Blues are back in action on
Tuesday night with a match at Aldershot Town. The
Shots list 21st place, six points behind the Blues
but with a game in hand.
after Dartford match
Picture © Rick Matthews
3 March 2014
The next meeting of CFU members will take
place this Thursday 6th March, in the Blues Bar,
commencing at 19.30hrs. The main aim of the evening
is the presentation of the update on the organisational
structure, following the approval at November’s
CFU AGM of the report and recommendations which
were produced by the CFU Working Group and which
proposed an Operational Board working alongside
but reporting to the main CFU Board.
ENGLAND U19 V TURKEY
Chester host the England U19 match against
Turkey on Wednesday night, kick-off 19.00hrs. The
match is being played as part of the preparation
for the Elite Round of the UEFA U19 European Championship
qualifying section which England host in May. Admission
for the game is £3.00 for adults and £1.00
for children and OAPs. The England squad named for
the game is:
Goalkeepers: Mitchell Beeney (Chelsea),
Christian Walton (Brighton & Hove Albion).
Defenders: Calum Chambers (Southampton),
Shay Facey (Manchester City), Ola Aina (Chelsea),
Matt Targett (Southampton), Isaac Hayden (Arsenal),
Dominic Ball (Tottenham Hotspur), Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill
Midfielders: Alex Mowatt (Leeds
United), John Swift (Chelsea), Lewis Baker (Chelsea),
Jordon Ibe (Birmingham City, on loan from Liverpool),
Harrison Reed (Southampton), Paul Digby (Barnsley).
Forwards: Josh Murphy (Norwich
City), Sam Gallagher (Southampton), Callum Robinson
BURR PRAISES GRITTY BLUES
Steve Burr praised his side after their 3-3 draw
against play-off chasing Nuneaton Town. The Blues
played for 82 minutes with ten men following the
sending off of Jason Jarrett, and took the lead
thee times against Boro only to see the visitors
draw level with just four minutes remaining.
John Rooney, Matty Taylor and Ross Killock all
scored for Chester only to see some poor defending
concede an equaliser on each occasion. Burr told
the Chester Leader: “To play with 10 men
for 80 minutes just shows how well we have come
on. I thought we dominated the game with 10 men.
We conceded two bad goals in the first half and
I felt we could have done better, but we will
be working on that, but overall I was really pleased
about the performance.
“I thought we played some wonderful stuff,
even though we went down to 10 men. If you look
at the pattern of games since I’ve been
at Chester we seem to have that little bit of
an under belly of bad times.”
“The sending off knocked us about because
the game is not designed to play with 10 men,
but I thought from the minute Jason was sent off
we created a lot of chances. I felt for the lads
because I thought they didn’t get what they
Chester dropped to 20th place, Southport's home
win over relegation rivals Dartford lifting them
a point above the Blues. Chester are next in action
on Friday night when they themselves will travel
to play Dartford in a match screened live by BT
after Nuneaton match
Picture © Rick Matthews